Love one another as I have loved you’ (John 13: 34-35) helping each other to reach for the stars.

Our Governing Board 2019 - 2020

Our Role

The role of the Governing Board:

  • Setting the School’s vision, values and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and it’s pupils;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school to ensure its money is well spent;

We work in partnership with the Headteacher, offering support and constructive challenge in order to promote high standards of education and achievement for all pupils.

Key Achievements

  • Stone Church of England School was rated “Good” by Ofsted  and SIAMs (School Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) at our last inspections.
  • As Governors, working with the Headteacher,  we have aspired to recruit excellent teachers and non- teaching staff.
  • All Governors have undertaken an Induction Programme and attend further training courses within the Governor Development Programme to ensure they fully understand the role of the School Governing Board.

Stone School Governing Board

The total number of Governors from September 2018 is 9. The Governing Board comprises the following:

Chair of Governors
Vice Chair of Governors
Staff Governor (1)
Foundation Governor (2)
Local Authority Governor (1)
Parent Governors (3)
Co-opted Governor (1)

We currently have a vacancy for a Parent Governor.

Meet The Governors

Alison Foy

Role: Chair of Governors, elected by parents
Committee(s): School Improvement Committee, Finance Committee,
Health & Safety Committee
Area(s) of Responsibility: Safeguarding, Wellbeing, Data Protection

I have actively been involved in the school since September 2012 when my eldest son joined the school. My youngest son started at Stone in September 2017. I have a genuine commitment to Stone; having previously been an active member & Chair on the SSPTA. This has been an incredibly rewarding experience where I have met many of the parents and wider school community who support our events, as well as the dedicated team of parents who work hard raising valuable funds for the school.

 I was elected Parent Governor in 2015. I am currently Chair of Governors. I ensure the effective functioning of the board and facilitate the governing body to work as a team to challenge, support and contribute to the strategic leadership of the school.

I passionately believe that every child is a unique and special individual and should have the best education possible.

As well as my hardest, most important and rewarding job of being a parent, I run my own business and have a strong track record in organisational and performance management and driving and sustaining high performing teams.  

I am incredibly proud to serve on the Governing board to support the school to be the best that we know it can be.

Deborah Morrison

Role: Headteacher
Committee(s): School Improvement, Finance Committee, Health & Safety Committee
I have been Headteacher and on the Governing Body at Stone CE Combined School since September 2015. Prior to joining Stone, I was Deputy Headteacher at St Edward’s Catholic Junior School, Aylesbury where I had many years of experience as a school governor which include chairing governing sub-committees. I have worked for Bucks County Council for 26 years and consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to influence and teach so many children.  

I consider it a great privilege and hugely rewarding working with the governors, staff, parents and pupils at Stone School and am committed to continuous improvement to provide the best education and opportunities that I can whilst working with the whole community.

Tracey Hargrave

Role: Teacher Governor

I qualified as a teacher in 2012 after studying at Oxford Brookes University for a BA (Hons) Primary Teacher Education, with a specialism in children’s literature. During this time I also worked as a Teaching Assistant and was bringing up my 2 daughters (who are now 18 and 16). I have worked in several primary schools in Buckinghamshire, starting at Stone in July 2017.  I am the Year 1 teacher and the Subject Leader forArt and Design Technology.

Prior to teaching, I worked as aMarketing Manager in the publishing and consultancy industries.

Outside school, I enjoy travelling,attending music concerts and am currently training for a 10k run. 

Stuart Corbould

Role:     Local Authority Governor, Nominated by the Local Authority
Committee(s): School Improvement Committee, Chair of Finance, Premises and Health & Safety Committee
Area(s) of Responsibility: Health and Safety, Physical Education

I am the Local Authority Governor and have been in post since October 2017. I am keen to make a positive contribution to the school as this plays an important part in the local community.

I am Head of Business Services for a local financial company, in essence this means that I am responsible for the delivery of projects.

My two children and wife keep me occupied in my spare time and I enjoy playing football, watching my favourite football team and running (when I get a chance).

Joy Featherston

Role:   Foundation Governor, Appointed by the Diocese
Committee(s): School Improvement Committee
Area(s) of Responsibility: EYFS, RE, Safeguarding

I am proud to be a Foundation Governor for the school, with interests particularly in the Early Years Foundation Stage (reception class) and RE within the school. I have strong links with the school, living within the Wychert Benefice, and 3 of my 4 children attended the school some years ago. I have been so pleased to now be able to give a little back to school, supporting it to the best of my ability whilst supporting the maintenance of links with the local church community.

I currently work full time for Bucks County Council Early Years within Children’s Services, and in addition I also have my own Childcare Tutoring business, teaching Childminding introductory courses and Safeguarding for nurseries and pre-schools across the County. I am an approved trainer for the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board and am passionate about supporting the safety and well-being of all children and young people.
Home life is busy, as well as busy jobs outside of the home, 3 sons, a daughter in law and young grandson all live with me and my husband (Nigel) who is also a part-time curate working  voluntarily in this Benefice.

There never seems to be enough time to relax and wind down, but holidays are important, we love seeing friends, getting out and about and walking. We have a busy life but one that is so rewarding.

Laura Ithier

Role:   Parent Governor, elected byparents/carers
Committee(s): School Improvement Committee
Area(s) of Responsibility: Equalities

It is a privilege to be elected as a Parent Governor of the school. Stone School is a genuinely wonderful village school and both of my children enjoy attending. They are following in the footsteps of my husband and his brother who attended the School 30 years ago. The very reason we chose this school, for our children, is because children at Stone School know they are valued and supported, to make a positive difference, in their own way. 

I have several interests including: a love of gardening, baking, writing for a publication and most of all I enjoy creating memories with my family. 

I qualified as a Law Teacher in 2009 and I am a full-time Subject Leader. My highest qualification is a Master of Laws, which I completed whilst pregnant with my son. I enjoy teaching immensely and I genuinely feel it is aprivilege to help students get the qualifications to take the next steps towards their careers. 

I believe that positive attitudes to learning are best formed young and I am looking forward to supporting the School in continuing to create positive learning experiences for children.

Felicity Rave

Role:   Vice Chair of Governors, elected by parents/carers
Committee(s): School Improvement Committee, Finance Committee
Area(s) of Responsibility: Equalities, Inclusion

I was  appointed as Parent Governor at the end of March 2018. I am committed to supporting my fellow Governors in achieving the best for our children and contribute to the continuation of progress in our School. I also want to be able to represent the views of our parents and provide the necessary support to our incredible teaching staff who, day after day, strive to deliver exceptional quality teaching to our children.

I currently work at Bucks County Council as a HR Business Partner Associate and have worked across a broad spectrum of HR related areas such as Payroll Transactions and Recruitment for Schools and Services. My current role mostly consists of supporting the development, implementation and review of HR strategies organisationally. This also involves guiding and advising Managers on the application and interpretation of HR policies and developing key local strategies to improve employee retention, upskill and manage workforce productivity, and reduce absence.

I am the proud mummy of two very energetic children, one of which currently attends the School. I have a very lively home life and enjoy spending time with my extended family, travelling often to France for a break from the hustle and bustle of life at home and, being a foodie, immerse myself in the gastronomical delights of the country.

Claire Buckingham

Role:   Foundation Governor, Appointed by the Diocese
Committee(s): Chair of School Improvement Committee
Area(s) of Responsibility: Development Governor, Maths

I was appointed as a Foundation Governor of the school in October 2018 following my son joining the reception class. My husband and I found ourselves very excited about this school following our walk round and we could clearly see how passionate the leaders of the school were, not only about each child’s learning but also their well being and social development.  

I have always felt strongly that a child should be encouraged to reach their own full potential and I believe this happens both in school, at home and in the wider community.  I look forward to supporting the school in achieving its goals and developing its children.

I qualified as an accountant in 2008 and am currently working full time as a Financial Controller for a family run business.  I am kept extremely busy by my two small children, husband and our dog.  We enjoy going for walks, Geocaching, and theme parks. I enjoy a fast roller-coaster as a way to relax!

Jenny Hopcroft

Role: Parent Governor, elected by parents
Committee(s): School Improvement Committee
Area(s) of Responsibility: English and Community Governor

I have been a member of the Stone school community since my eldest daughter started in Reception class back in September 2013. With my other children joining the school in 2017 and 2020.We as a family have always and continue to enjoy being part of the special community spirit that lives at Stone school. Celebrating great events such as Christmas fairs and summer BBQ’s to name just a few.

In 2019, I decided to stand as a parent governor and was successfully elected to the roll. I’ve since taken on the responsibilities for English and Community which I believe allows myself and the school to flourish with a joint sense of responsibility.

Stone school lives and breathes its ethos which run through its staff and is developed with each and every pupil, my eldest child whom has since left for secondary school still carries these values with her which I truly believe to be a testament to the school.

I will constantly work within my role as parent governor to ensure every child is given the opportunity to reach their own potential and strive for excellence.

Delegation of Work

All Governors are members of the Full Governing Board and are required to attend termly Full Governing Board Meetings.

In addition to the termly Full Governing Board Meetings Governors also sit on sub- committees.

Teaching & Learning Committee
This committee meets 3 -6 times per year and looks at curriculum, quality of teaching and learning, recruitment and retention of staff, pupil performance data etc. All Governors are members of this committee.

Finance Committee
The Finance Committee also includes Premises and Health & Safety and meets at least termly. This Committee is responsible for setting the school budget and ensuring good value for money, premises and lettings, termly Health & Safety Inspections.
The minutes of this committee are available to all Governors and recommendations from the Finance Committee are ratified at Full Governing Board Meetings

Personnel Committee
This committee looks at matters relating to staffing, such as the appraisal of staff including the Headteacher’s  performance management.

Disciplinary Committee
This committee is convened only when required for example dealing with pupil exclusion.

All committee meetings are minuted and circulated to Governors.

Governor Visits

It is a requirement that all Governors visit the school during the school day at least once a year. Their visit should be linked to the area they have a responsibility for and linked to the key priorities of the School Development Plan. This affords Governors an opportunity to speak to subject leaders and to see the pupils working and to hear the pupil voice.

Following a visit Governors write a report of their visit and this is circulated to all Governors and discussed at the relevant committee meeting or Full Governing Board Meeting. Reports inform Governors and provides enhanced challenge and support at meetings.

In addition Governors attend Parent’s Evening, information evenings and school functions organised by SSPTA.

Safeguarding of Children

The safeguarding of children is the responsibility of all Governors.  As part of the Governor Induction Programme all Governors are made aware of their role in this area. A nominated Safeguarding Governor meets at least termly with the Headteacher to ensure Safeguarding procedures are followed and to check the Single Central Record (SCR).

In addition the nominated Safeguarding Governor contributes to the Safeguarding Audit and Annual Safeguarding Report. A report from the nominated Safeguarding Governor is a standing item on the Full Governing Body Agenda.

The safeguarding of children underpins all aspects of supporting pupils in our community.